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Swallow Cottage Ref: E4076

Enjoying a peaceful working farm setting, and views from its secure garden, this converted single, storey stable block is of an excellent standard. Visitors are welcome to roam across 120 acres of open farmland, with an abundance of wild birds, an amazing 64 species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Young children will delight in the play area and outside toys, as well as a visit to see the resident goats. Mainsforth is a small, picturesque village just 7 miles from Durham and its magnificent cathedral, fine amenities and riverside walks. Beamish Open Air Museum, the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland’s sandy beaches are all easily accessible.

All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine and t/dryer in shared laundry room. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Children’s play area. No smoking.

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£260-£585
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: 26502

This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room, toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling horses and secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Award.

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£376-£858
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Morley Green Ref: MVY


This lovely restored holiday bungalow, dating from 1677, stands detached, and is situated in the rural hamlet of Morley, just 2 miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. Visit one of the many local attractions, including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, High Force and Durham cathedral. Surrounded by rolling countryside and with rural views, this lovely holiday home provides a wonderful setting for a quiet, relaxing getaway. It has been thoughtfully decorated to offer spacious accommodation, with two bedrooms and a delightful sitting area with countryside views. It sits in a lovely quiet location, just a 6-minute drive from the village of Hamsterley, which sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. With a beautiful well-kept garden, as well as the added addition of a large conservatory, ideal for an evening drink after a busy day exploring County Durham. A little further afield are the delights of the Lake District or the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Large, beamed living room with wood-burning stove, leading to a dining room/conservatory with high vaulted glass roof and French doors to garden. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area and oak floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Large grounds with fenced paddock
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in gently sloping grounds

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£351-£834
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2


This terraced holiday cottage, brimming with character and with an inglenook fireplace, is set in the heart of the charming village of Sedgefield, which dates back to the 13th century. Believed to exist as a Roman settlement, the 2 mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. The open fire, beams and unusual, German-style, wood-burning hot tub are on offer to help you relax after a day exploring. An hour away are Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches and York with its beautiful minster. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham 16 miles or Newcastle 28 miles. Nearby is Hardwick Hall and Park and Sedgefield racecourse. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/small step to kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (steps up to bath). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Hotel car park 15 yards (foc). Cycle store (on request). Hot tub. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£285-£901
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Ashes Ref: W42308

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an AONB, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland with its majestic castles and magnificent beaches, and the Lake District is an hour’s drive away. Close by is the picturesque village of Neasham with a friendly pub and riverside walks, whilst Durham Tees Valley airport is only 4 miles. The owner, who lives on the estate, can organise many activities for visitors by arrangement including rough shooting, canoeing (canoes not provided), deer stalking (at cost), fishing (foc), cycles for guests use, horse riding and badger and bird watching (70 species seen). The appealing market towns of Richmond, Yarm and North Allerton make an interesting day out. Stabling and paddock available (for 3 horses, at cost). Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Sun room with flagstone floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 double bedrooms (one 5ft), two with additional single, one with en-suite wet room with toilet, each with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and fountain in the courtyard.

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£609-£1717
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

1 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30417) and 2 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30418) are delightful semi-detached stone holiday cottages converted from Grade II listed buildings. Hall Farm Cottage (ref 30419) is a detached 500-year-old barn conversion near The Old Hall, originally Byers Hall, home of Robert Trotter in 1400s, but a predated inhabited site. The Old Hall stands above the River Wear, with uninterrupted views towards Durham and Weardale from the three acre shared wooded walled garden. The site is free from traffic on an ancient track, less than 100 yards from one of the best fishing rivers (permits available). The surroundings are a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with ‘hidden seats’ in fields and by the River Wear for you to enjoy. The owner has three friendly and inquisitive cats, which you are likely to encounter while you are here. Both the historic City of Durham (UK mainline station) and Bishop Auckland (home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle) and Binchester Roman Fort are a 15-minute drive. The location is on the edge of the beautiful Durham Dales - Weardale and Teesdale - with footpaths, cycle tracks, and winter skiing; splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum; industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Keilder Water, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast and Lake District to be explored on longer days out. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Two patios and furniture. Pet free of charge.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Fishing onsite. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond in The Old Hall garden.

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£267-£680
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Arrow Cottage Ref: MQG

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle - this attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley Area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is ony a 30-minute drive. Newcastle (55 minutes), and York (90 minutes), both have fine museums, shops and galleries. Crook 5 miles. Bishop Auckland 4 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster cooker, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with four-poster bed, additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; one with decorative fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three additional child beds available (for +3 children).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity & full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen & towels included
  • Three travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • Electric Rangemaster (with double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden with patio terrace & furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • Toys and games
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£669-£1959
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Roslyn Cottage Ref: W42487

Stunning countryside views

The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery, including High Force in Upper Teesdale with its 70ft waterfall. Durham City is 14 miles away and within an hour’s drive are the Northumberland beaches and castles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 17-acre paddock and woodlands. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Water fountain in garden (15 yards).

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£265-£605
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Church View Ref: 25165

Set on the village green of Old Cornforth, within a conservation area, this attractive Edwardian style detached holiday home provides stylish and spacious accommodation for families and couples. Ideally located in the Wear Valley, an AONB, with Hamsterley Forest, 4 miles, having lovely walks, cycle trails, sporting and leisure activities. Durham City, 6 miles, has a historic cathedral and many boutiques and restaurants. The beautiful Durham Dales of Weardale and Teesdale with High Force, England’s highest waterfall are half an hour’s drive away. The magnificent Northumberland beaches and ancient Castles, the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales are easily reached for superb days out. The Metro Centre and Newcastle are an hour’s drive, and there are many bars, restaurants, art galleries and museums to while away the time. Centrally placed for touring, this delightful house with enclosed garden makes an excellent holiday base, looking out over the tranquil village green. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shops and restaurants 1 mile, pub 10 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Electricity car charger. Cycle store. Games room. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£552-£1367
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Situated right on the banks of the River Wear, in the heart of the city of Durham, Elvet Bridge View Apartment (ref 30471) and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment (ref 30470) boast a riverside location and views toward the famous cathedral, Elvet Bridge View Apartment and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment are not only in a great location, but also offers good quality accommodation throughout. Each apartment benefits from a large living room and open-plan kitchen area with appliances that include a capsuled coffee machine with unlimited free use, induction hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a large flat screen TV and DVD player in each apartment as well as unlimited free wi-fi and a sound dock to fit an mp3 player. The master bedroom offers a king size bed and has an ensuite shower room too. There is also a very well furnished twin bedroom and an additional fold away bed for guests under the age of 14. Both apartments benefit from French doors that lead from the living room onto their own private balcony area that overlook the fabulous scenery of the River Wear, and also across to the two famous bridges that sit either side. Perfect for watching the rowers row by, or just observing the wildlife, there is private garden furniture for the guest’s sole use. Perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon sitting on the deck or ideal for guests wanting to explore this magnificent city. These apartments are ideal for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break, couples wanting to share a break or for parents wanting to visit students at Durham University. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham Cathedral and castle are an easy 5-minute walk away and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city and only a 5-minute walk away too, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all times of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers, which are all within a 5-minute walk from these beautiful apartments. Many of the university colleges can be found within a mile radius, and this is the perfect base from which to really get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be studying here or due to graduate at any given time. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away, Beamish Museum, 15 minutes, Newcastle, 30 minutes and the Metrocentre, 25 minutes by car. Shop 110 yards, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional pull-out single available (for child under 14).

Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£980-£1260
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Vale Cottage Ref: E5615

With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby Hamsterley Forest. The historic city of Durham with its cathedral, castle and lovely riverside walks is only 10 miles away, while Barnard Castle (20 miles) is home to a 12th-century castle and Bowes Museum. Beamish Open Air Museum is an interesting day trip (14 miles). Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms with wooden floor: 2 double, one with ensuite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH (underfloor), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£270-£704
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Bungalow Ref: W43137

This cosy and welcoming semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a small cul-de-sac, within walking distance of the local nature reserve. Less than 2 miles from the historic city of Durham, a World Heritage site, with its iconic cathedral, castle, cobbled streets, shops, galleries and eateries. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum or head north to beautiful Northumberland’s Heritage Coast, which are both within easy driving distance, for a magnificent day out in this picturesque part of England. Shop 500 yards, pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Step to utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas living flame fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 2. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Easy walking access.

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